Rebecca Gold’s book shares heartfelt anecdotes from fans around the world.
There really is no other songwriter whose work touches the soul like that of James Taylor. There is an authenticity, an undeniable human bond. Six-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll inductee, he has sold over 100 million albums since his debut album was released in 1968. Today, more than five decades later, at the age of 73-year-old James Taylor is still on the go filling concert stadiums and touching the hearts of adoring fans around the world. His song “That’s Why I’m Here” is a dedication to his fans who “are like the summer that comes back every year”.
Rebecca Gold is one of those millions of super fans who give her credit for changing her life. As a ‘turnkey’ teenager in the 1970s, she was drawn into a cult until the music and lyrics of James Taylor spoke to her soul and she felt understood. Its story is not unique. James Taylor has inspired, consoled and been friends with so many others who have stories of how his music has been a source of healing throughout their lives.
In 2015, Rebecca created a Facebook page, Life With James Taylor, to connect with other fans and share stories. During the long months at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she began collecting some of her favorite anecdotes from fans around the world and created “This is why we are here” to share these heartfelt stories.
From seeking solace and healing through songs about death and grief to riding the waves of illness and recovery to experiencing the sheer joy of seeing James Taylor in concert (for the first time) or the fiftieth), these stories are full of hope, love, friendship and connection. It is a tribute and a thank you to James Taylor, as well as an affirmation of our common humanity.
Rebecca Gold is the author and founder of Yogic Writing ™, a practice that uses the philosophies and disciplines of yoga, meditation and journaling to help writers of all levels heal, reveal and leave a legacy by writing life stories. . She is currently writing her next book, “From Your Mat to Your Memory: Creating a Yogic Writing Practice to Find and Write Your Life Stories”.
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